Kathmandu Valley Trekking 2 Night 3 Days

Are you a first-time traveller to Nepal? And do you have just a few days to spend in the country? Probably you are also thinking of doing a bit of hiking or trekking around Kathmandu and still have some spare time to see the world heritage sites? If you answer "YES" to these, then the suggested hiking below is the best option for you.  
 
Nepal is famous for high-altitude treks like Everest Base Camp trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, and so on.  Understandably, not everyone has the time, the budget and the level of physical fitness required for these treks.  In this article, we show you that it is possible to spend 2 nights, 3 days trekking around on the lap of the Himalayas near the Kathmandu Valley and through typical Nepali village.  The article below is not just about trekking and hiking around the Kathmandu Valley but also explore the world heritage sites near Bhaktapur and within the Kathmandu Valley.

1.  Highlights of the Trip

What is the itinerary for Kathmandu valley trek?

Day 01:  Drive to Sundarijal either by private car or local bus and start trek to Chisapani. Overnight stay  in Chispani at the teahouse. 
Day 02: Chisapani to Nagarkot trek 7 to 8-hour trek and overnight stay at the hotel in Nagarkot. 
Day 03: Trek from Nagarkot to Changunarayan and Bhaktapur sightseeing tour  overnight stay in Kathmandu. 

Option : Next day if you still have time world heritage site  private day tour within Kathmandu Vally or one more day trek can be extended up to Dulekhel. 

2. Where and how to start the Kathmandu Valley trek?

 The trekking starts from Sundarijal, which is located just 20 km (12.42 mi) northeast of the capital, Kathmandu. There are two options to reach Sundarijal -

(1) hire a private car or    (2) ride a local bus
Hiring a private car is much easier than travelling by a local bus.  The car and a guide will pick you up at the hotel and drive you directly to Sundarijal where you can start your trek.If you chose the local bus option, you have to go to Ratnapark, which is an old bus terminal.  If you live somewhere near Thamel, then Ratnapark is not that far.  It is roughly a 20-30 minute walking distance or 150 NPR to 200 NPR taxi ride. From Ratnapark, you can catch the bus to Sundarijal.  Note that buses leave every 10 minutes.

3. Where to sleep and how is the accommodation?

 You really don't need to be worried about accommodation while on the trek.  The first-night hiking from Sundarijal via Mulkharka, will take you to Chisapani.  The Chisapani village is also the gateway to Langtang Valley trek and many other travellers also end their trek here.  Therefore, there are plenty of teahouses with rooms which may be cozy, but will provide you with panoramic views.
 
The second day you are expected to Nagarkot trek, which is one of nicest hills in Nepal.  The accommodations in the area are fancier than in Chisapani, and most of them are the resorts and slightly luxurious type (compared to Chisapani).  But this does not mean low budget backpackers can't afford it.  There are also low budget standard accommodations available.  As it is on a hill, the cost of the hotels vary greatly and depends on the view you can get.  The better the view higher the cost. Nagarkot is known for the stunning sunrise, with a panoramic view of the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest ranges, of course, if the weather is clear!! The beautiful sea of clouds from Nagarkot is also a sight to behold.
 View of the Ganesh Himal, Langtang range from Chisapani. 

4. What to bring with you?

 Have you experienced hiking or trekking before this trip? If yes, our list below may give you a headstart on what to prepare for the trek.  These are simple lists and assuming you are not going for the high-altitude trek or on an Everest expedition!
 
This is just a rough idea we wanted to provide for your 3 day trek, but you might have your own list depending on what you feel would be a necessity item for you.  
  • 2 -3 pairs of light trousers (including what you plan to wear on the first day)  
  • 1 pair of sports shoes in good condition (better to have a hiking or trekking shoes)
  • 2 -3 light shirts if the weather is warm (including what you plan to wear on the first day).  During wintertime, we recommend to also dress in layers and please bring some warm clothing.
  • 1 jacket (preferably windproof and waterproof)
  • few pairs of trekking socks
  • sunglass
  • sunblock
  • lightweight backpack
  • water bottle
  • headlamp
  • trekking pole (If you are used to with)
  • hat or cap
  • light snacks 

 5. Do I have to buy a trekking permit for Kathmandu Valley Trek?

Every trekking route in Nepal requires a permit, especially if the trekking or hiking route is within the national park.  Trekking permit in Nepal is compulsory.  In this Kathmandu Valley trek, you are expected to hike inside Shivapuri National Park and therefore trekking permit is compulsory.  You must pay 500 NPR for a foreign tourist and 50 NPR for a Nepali tourist. But the good news is you don't need to get a TIMS card (Trekking information Management System) for this trek unless you are going to another trekking trail like Langtang-Gosaikunda Trek afterwards.

6. When is the best time (season) to go on this trek? 

 Anytime is the best time! Regardless of the season, trekking around Kathmandu Valley  can be enjoyed by anyone.  It is not a high-altitude trek so you don’t have to worry around wintertime.  There is the monsoon  season , however, but as in other areas in Nepal, rain can be unpredictable and you just have to make sure you have  a windproof and waterproof jacket in case (and a backpack cover!)! 1. Nagarkot Weather  2. Chisapani WeatherThe view from the Nagarkot during the monsoon season

7. Do I need to hire a porter for this trek?

 Hiring a porter for this trek completely depends on you and how much you intend to bring with you.  I would say if you are strong enough to walk with about 8 to 10 kg of backpack in mountainous area, then you probably don’t need one.  I would instead recommend to just trek with a guide.
 
If you think your backpack is heavy to carry uphill or if you have any physical condition prohibituing you from carrying heavy stuff for a longer period of time, then you should go with a porter as well.  Note that the first day from Sundarijal to Chisapani is about 900m uphill and 5 to 6 hours of trekking while the second day from Chisapani to Nagarkot is roughly 7 to 8 hours of trekking, but not too uphill. 

8. Can I trek on my own without a guide?

 In my opinion, trekking on this route, alone or without a guide might be difficult compared to trekking alone in the Everest or Annapurna.  It is not completely impossible to trek on your own as long as you prepare in advance, know the route, etc.  If you have experiences of trekking alone, then we would highly recommend studying the map very well. It might be challenging to be on your own because of these reasons: 
 
1. There multiple trails leading to your destination.
2. The trails are narrower and there are many small subdivided trails.
3. It is not a busy trail, meaning, there are not a lot of trekkers along the way to ask for directions or to follow.  There are also not a lot of local people.
4. Most of the time, you should expect to walk alone and inside some jungle.
 

9.  How much is the real cost for this trip?

 This trip is way cheaper than you think.  The cost will depend on which company and what is included in the package you would take.  If you have been searching for a similar trip around in different website.  However, if you choose travel agent companies like Viator, Expedia, or GetYourGuide, then they are relatively more expensive than a local trekking agency in Nepal.
 
To give you an idea, if you book direct through a local company, your cost will probably be between USD 130 and USD 200 for the whole trip (contact us).  Again, the cost will depend on which category of hotel you prefer to stay in Nagarkot as it is more expensive than a regular hotel in Kathmandu.  The better the view from your window, the higher the room cost. Sunset views from the Nagarkot, during the sunny and clear evening Nagarkot gives the best sunset ever! 

10. How much do the international travel agent companies offer?

 Viator: One of the online travel retailers, they offer several tours, trekking and travel packages all around Nepal.  A similar package as the Kathmandu Valley trek for 3 nights 4 days has a cost of USD 360 per person.
 
GetYourGuide: Currently offers over 25,000 products all around the world such as sightseeing tours, adventure holidays in Nepal, multiple day tours and attraction passes. Local companies can also upload and manage their products online but subject to commissions.  GetYourGuide also offers similar package as above with 2 days Nagarkot-Chisapani trek around Kathmandu valley.  The starting cost is USD 500 per person.

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being a porter to being a guide to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang
I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I have been to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas, one-third of the Europe and just started Latin America, (Australia and Canada are on my bucket list..one day!) as a backpacker myself, I am happy to share the experience about Nepal Himalayas. If you think I can be helpful planning your trip to Nepal, then do not hesitate to contact me. at nestadventure@gmail.com. I am also available on Whats app and Viber +977-9851052042 Or direct phone call +1(702)456-9789. If you are interested to know more about me follow on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
 
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Hello, we are planning to go to Nepal in October 2018 for 2 weeks. My sister lives in Khatmandu. There will be my husband , myself and my sister and a we are all about 60 years young. We would like to do theKhatmandu trek and the pokhara trek.

We would like approx 3 night Khatmandu trek and approx 4-5 nights pokhara. But this could include some day treks. We don't need luxury but would like some comfort. We want an adventure and are happy to push ourselves. We are used to walking on Dartmoor in England for 8-10 miles but I have asthma which slows me down on hills. That is not to say I can't or won't do them. I don't want to carry sleeping bags for and heavy kit but a day sack is fine.
We want to walk, see mountains, experience local culture and see real Nepal. In addition if we can fit it in a visit to the wildlife park to the south of Khatmandu. Can you help please?

- Polly Thornton


Hi, Polly! 

Thank you so much for the comment. We will reply you on a private email. 

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Hello,
Me and my girlfriend are planning a trip to Nepal somewhere around End of September 2017. I was reading articles on your site and would like to thank you for posting wonderful articles which are really educating. Just by reading them I got really inspired and we can't wait to go there. We have not booked our flights yet, and there might be more that want to tag along with us. But so far only both of us who are confirmed, We want to take the Kathmandu Valley Trekking to Chisapani and Nagarkot.  
I would like to ask. what would be the best dates to do this treks around September end (for us to book the flights accordingly and to plan other trips within Nepal after the trek) How many months prior booking must we make and how do the payments go?

- Adrian Sandanasamy


Hello Adrian, 
I would like to share my deep thanks to you, for liking my write-up. I am glad to hear that, you were truly inspired by my article. Although September 2017 is far way to go I could imagine how excited you are planning this trip.  Ideally, Kathmandu valley trekking is suitable for short staying traveller. As far as your concern about the weather condition during the month of September, I would say the best month of the year for Hiking in Nepal. No doubt with the weather condition, this can be done any weeks of the month. After we agreed on the cost, package and everything we required 10% booking fees in advance via PayPal.  The 90% payment can be paid upon arrival.

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Hi,
I was reading your post here which sounded ideal for myself and my 3 friends: http://www.nestadventure.com/blog/75/kathmandu-valley-trekking-2-night-3-days.html
We plan to fly from New Delhi, India to Kathmandu on Saturday 21st January 2017 and then fly back to Delhi on Tues 24th January 2017. Would you be able to offer any fairly easy trekking options based around those dates? Thanks,
Ralph.

- Ralph Jones


Hello Ralph, 
Thanks for stopping by our page, Ideally, in your time frame, the Kathmandu valley trek looks suitable for your group. However, you need 2 night and 3 days to complete this trek. From your email, I could only tell you have 3 days  including a departure date. If you have early departure on the last day 24th (January) you might have to travel from Nagarkot to Kathmandu airport. Let me know in next mail if you already have arrival and departure time to and from Kathmandu. It would be easy for me to calculate the cost if you let me know which standard hotel you need in Nagarkot. Also, do you need a porter or you are ok just to trek with a guide? 
Thank you so much for your patient, and answering all my questions! 


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Hi 
For the Nagarkot Chisapani Hiking tour, do you have the same tour that includes day 3 with another small hike. What does day 3 look like? Do we just return back to Kathmandu? How many hours is the drive from Nagarkot to Kathmandu?I'm just curious before we finally make a decision with the tour. We'd like to get a good use of the 4 days we'll be in Kathmandu.
Thank you!

- Cecilia Michan


Hi, thank you so much for the comment. After the Nagarkot, you have got two option. 
Option 01: Hike continues until Changunarayan 2 hour (One of the world heritage site of Nepal) Sightseeing to Bhaktapur and back to Kathmandu. 
Option 02: Leave early Nagarkot after the sunrise tour and breakfast sightseeing to Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. 

These are the two option available after the Nagarkot if you are interested you can do any one of the from the list. My recommendation is if you only have limited time after the hike you may try seeing the world heritage site in the city. or If you prefer more hiking then sightseeing you should try walking until Changunarayan and back to Kathmandu. As there are multiple choice to do we set it as a free. If you want to add that should be additional. If you just drive back to Kathmandu from Nagarkot it will take you 1.5 hour to 2 hours. depending on the traffic  but not more than 2 hours. let us know how can we help you further. 
Thanks 

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Hi,

Me and my friend are visiting Kathmandu for 3 days from 23rd to 26th June.
We are arriving on 23rd morning and leaving on 26th noon.
Would you be able to offer any fairly easy trekking options based around
- Ridhima Gupta


Hello,
I was looking for the above 4-day trek,  3 nights and 4 days. I saw the suggested itinerary was for 2 night 3 days. but could you suggest me 3 night 4 days including of Dhulikhel? My dates would be 3-6 Nov 2016?  
Can you pls. give me the following information for the above trek
1. At what time would we start on 3?
2. What time would i reach back to Kathmandu on 6?
Basis that i would do my tickets.  I would be coming from Delhi, India. 

- Rajpreet Kaur


Hello Rajpreet Kaur, 
Thank you so much for your the inquiry,  Could you please provide us your arrival and departure time. As I could see your time looks a bit tight, that information would be helpful for us to design the itinerary for you. Also, are you traveling with group or single? Do you required a porter or you can hike only with a guide. 
Thank you so much for your answer! 
Raj 

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Hi- I am looking at doing the 3-day hike in Kathmandu.I will be arriving on the 22nd of September evening and have a flight to catch on the 25th September at 1.30pm. Would you be able to recommend a hike and also the details of accommodation, itinerary, etc or can I do the itinerary as you wrote above? will it be a problem to catch a flight If I follow the itinerary above.  
Thanks
Su

- S Song


Hi Su,
It is nice to know that you are interested in the hike around Kathmandu. On basis of your time frame, I can recommend you 2 night 3 days Nagarkot Chisapani Hike around Shivapuri National Park. You can start on the 23rd morning with a guide and overnight in Chisapani. Then on the 24th you will hike from Chisapani to Nagarkot. And on the 25th morning you can drive back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu, explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square on the way and we can drop you at the airport.

We can help you with guide, transport & accommodation. You can pay for your own meals & permit for the trek.Hope this help, let me know if you have further queries, I'm looking forward to the pleasure of hearing back from you soon.

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Dear Sir, I proposed to visit Kathmandu alone on 18th of August this year. I will be staying there for four days. I booked the room in Hotel Buddha Land at Thamel. Mine is low budget.I have planned to cover the capital city by availing local business facility and by walk. Sir could you please suggest me to experience the trekking for one day. Also, suggest me to go biking at Kathmandu and it's pros and cons. I am much obliged
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Dear Deputy, We appreciated your email, If you are in the budget we will suggest hiring a Bike either mountain bike or motorbike for the day. The cost will not cross more than 1000 RS a day including a gas and parking. You can cover all Kathmandu valley and Nagarkot. Nagarkot is one of the best touristic destination near Kathmandu Valley. let us know once you arrive in Kathmandu we will provide free city map and some idea of how to rent a bike and where. I hope this help you to decide what to do ---- Thanks Raj
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Hello, ---- My husband and I are travelling to Nepal in October this year. We are arriving something on the 3rd of October in the evening and depart on the 8th of October in the Evening. Could you please provide some information on a 3-4 day trek of the Kathmandu valley for this period? We have not trekked in Nepal before and have been advised this would be a suitable trek for our first time. What to bring for the trek? How cold is weather in Kathmandu? Could You please suggest us an itinerary for this time frame? ---- Thank you in advance Tabitha
- Tabitha Werder Bigham


Hello Tabitha, ---- Thank you for your interest for the Kathmandu valley trekking. In your time frame, 2 night 3 days trekking along with Bhaktapur Changunarayan sightseeing and 4th day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and shopping cab be fit. As you mentation about your first time travelling in Nepal, there are not any serious preparation you need to go through. Basic hiking preparation should be more than enough for this trek. Although you haven't done any trek before, the itinerary we suggest above is suitable for all level of age group and fitness. However, travellers are expected to climb some uphill trail for the first day from Kathmandu to Chispani. I hope this information will help you plan your holiday. Let us know if you required anything in advance ---- Regards Raj
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Hi,--- I am travelling to Nepal with 4-5 friends in July and am interesting in knowing more about the trekking around Kathmandu Nagarkot 2 / 3days tour. Is there much trekking involved? Also is this a private tour? Can we visit Bhakatapur - Changunarayan along with short days hiking, would you please give us some idea? Thank you, Conor
- Conor Hynes


Hello Conor, --- It's a great pleasure to know you are interested in trekking around Kathmandu and Nagarkot, you can do it full with trek or tour. If you decide to choose the trek then you have to trek via Chisapani Nagarkot, which involves two days of walking and one day driving back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu. As we discuss above in our article. While on the other hand, if you like to tour then, the first day you can do full day Kathmandu sightseeing by car. Then next day drive to Bhaktapur and further Changunarayan and hike (4-5 hrs walk) to Nagarkot. Then on the third day watch a sunrise from Nagarkot and drive back to Kathmandu. This is a basic idea for you to choose. Once you decide whether you want to hike or tour let us know how can we help you with. I hope this will help you to decide which one to choose. ----- Thank you so much Raj
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